Writing with Intent: Essays, Reviews, Personal Prose: 1983-2005

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From one of the world's most passionately engaged and acclaimed literary citizens comes Writing with Intent, the largest collection to date of Margaret Atwood's nonfiction, ranging from 1983 to 2005. Composed of autobiographical essays, cultural commentary, book reviews, and introductory pieces to great works of literature, this is the award-winning author's first book-length nonfiction publication in twenty years. Arranged chronologically, these writings display the development of Atwood's worldview as the world around her changes. Included are the Booker Prize -- winning author's reviews of books by John Updike, Italo Calvino, Toni Morrison, and others, as well as essays in which she remembers herself reading Virginia Woolf's To the Lighthouse at age nineteen, and discusses the influence of George Orwell's 1984 on the writing of The Handmaid's Tale. Atwood's New York Times Book Review piece that helped make Orhan Pamuk's Snow a bestseller can be found here, as well as a look back on a family trip to Afghanistan just before the Soviet invasion, and her "Letter to America," written after September 11, 2001. The insightful and memorable pieces in this book serve as a testament to Atwood's career, reminding readers why she is one of the most esteemed writers of our time.

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WRITING WITH INTENT: Essays, Reviews, Personal Prose: 1983-2005

Հաճախորդի կարծիքը  - Kirkus

Frothy, courtly occasional pieces from Booker-winning Atwood (The Blind Assassin, 2000, etc.).The Toronto-based novelist is a powerful booster of her fellow Canadian literati, whom Americans tend to ... Read full review

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Հաճախորդի կարծիքը  - paisley1974 - LibraryThing

Margaret Atwood is an insightful, thoughtful writer. These essays and reviews were great. Read full review

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That Certain Thing Called the Girlfriend
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True North
31
Beloved by Toni Morrison
46
A Jest of God by Margaret Laurence
52
Reading Blind
68
Women Writers at Work The Paris Review
80
The Warrior Queens by Antonia Fraser
89
Nine Beginnings
105
When Afghanistan Was at Peace
205
Atanarjuat The Fast Runner
220
Child of My Heart by Alice McDermott
268
Napoleons Two Biggest Mistakes
277
Carol Shields Who Died Last Week Wrote Books
313
Hope Dies Last Keeping the Faith in Difficult Times
331
Mortifications
343
The Mays of Ventadorn by W S Merwin
352

The General in His Labyrinth
111
Problems of Female
125
The Grunge Look
139
From the Beast to the Blonde
147
An Experiment in Love by Hilary Mantel
154
First Job Waitressing
189
She by H Rider Haggard
198
From Eve to Dawn by Marilyn French
360
Frozen in Time The Fate of the Franklin
375
Acquainted with the Night Excursions Through
382
Acknowledgments
399
Index
407
About the Author
427
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Էջ 128 - ... There was a little girl who had a little curl Right down the middle of her forehead, When she was good, she was very very good, But when she was bad, she was horrid.
Էջ 25 - Entreat me not to leave thee, or to " return from following after thee : for whither " thou goest, I will go ; and where thou lodgest I " will lodge : thy people shall be my people, and " thy God my God : where thou diest, will I die, " and there will I be buried : the Lord do so to " me, and more also, if ought but death part thee
Էջ 400 - He prayeth well, who loveth well Both man and bird and beast. He prayeth best, who loveth best All things both great and small; For the dear God who loveth us, He made and loveth all.
Էջ 53 - And it shall come to pass, that in the place where it was said unto them, Ye are not my people ; there shall they be called the children of the living God.
Էջ 111 - Welcome, O life! I go to encounter for the millionth time the reality of experience and to forge in the smithy of my soul the uncreated conscience of my race.
Էջ 53 - Boy lapping in the puddle near her feet, and suddenly there was Sweet Home rolling, rolling, rolling out before her eyes, and although there was not a leaf on that farm that did not make her want to scream, it rolled itself out before her in shameless beauty. It never looked as terrible as it was and it made her wonder if hell was a pretty place too.
Էջ 272 - But even so, amid the tornadoed Atlantic of my being, do I myself still for ever centrally disport in mute calm; and while ponderous planets of unwaning woe revolve round me, deep down and deep inland there I still bathe me in eternal mildness of 'joy.

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Margaret Atwood's books have been published in over thirty-five countries. She is the author of more than thirty books of fiction, poetry, and critical essays. In addition to The Handmaid's Tale, her novels include Cat's Eye, short-listed for the Booker Prize; Alias Grace, which won the Giller Prize in Canada and the Premio Mondello in Italy; The Blind Assassin, winner of the 2000 Booker Prize; and Oryx and Crake. Her previous nonfiction book was Second Words, published in 1984. She lives in Toronto with writer Graeme Gibsion.

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